The 2023 NHL Draft is finally here! All 32 teams gather in Nashville, Tennessee for one of the most chaotic events the hockey offseason has to offer. The 2023 NHL Draft brings a very promising class of rookie hopefuls looking to make claim their place as the future stars of the game of hockey.

Every hockey fan has their eyes on Regina Pats superstar Connor Bedard. Bedard is the presumptive first-overall pick after an incredible junior hockey career. Other top prospects to keep an eye on include Michigan forward Adam Fantilli, KHL phenom Matvei Michkov, and US National Team Development Program star Will Smith.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery and earned the first overall selection (which, not surprisingly, they used on Bedard). Behind them, the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets round out the top three.

This 2023 NHL Draft Tracker will keep you up to date with all the latest happenings. Trades, picks, and instant reactions from around the NHL will be cataloged here. If you are unable to view the draft itself, stay tuned here to remain in the know as the event unfolds in Nashville.

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American hockey fans can view the NHL Draft on ESPN, ESPN+, or NHL Network. If you do not have cable, you can view the NHL Draft with a streaming service such as fuboTV (try for free) or YouTube TV. Canadian viewers can watch the event on Sportsnet, TSN, or TVA Sports.

Our final 2023 NHL Mock Draft is live for everyone to read. Be sure to check that out before NHL commissioner Gary Bettman officially puts the Blackhawks on the clock.

Our live NHL Draft updates, news, rumors, trades, and analysis are below the draft order.

Grades for all 32 picks made in the first round of the 2023 NHL Draft

2023 NHL Draft: First round results

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1) Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Bedard, C, Regina Pats (WHL)
2) Anaheim Ducks: Leo Carlsson, C, Orebro (SHL)
3) Columbus Blue Jackets: Adam Fantilli, C, University of Michigan (NCAA)
4) San Jose Sharks: Will Smith, C, US National Team Development Program (USNTDP)
5) Montreal Canadiens: David Reinbacher, D, Kloten (NLA)
6) Arizona Coyotes: Dmitri Simashev, D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
7) Philadelphia Flyers: Matvei Michkov, W, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
8) Washington Capitals: Ryan Leonard, W, USNTDP
9) Detroit Red Wings: Nate Danielson, C, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10) St. Louis Blues: Dalibor Dvorsky, C, AIK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
11) Vancouver Canucks: Tom Willander, D, Rogle BK (SHL)
12) Arizona Coyotes (via Senators): Daniil But, W, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
13) Buffalo Sabres: Zach Benson, W, Winnipeg ICE (WHL)
14) Pittsburgh Penguins: Brayden Yager, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
15) Nashville Predators: Matthew Wood, W, University of Connecticut (NCAA)
16) Calgary Flames: Samuel Honzek, W, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
17) Detroit Red Wings (via Canucks/Islanders): Axel Sandin Pellikka, D, Skelleftea (SHL)
18) Winnipeg Jets: Colby Barlow, W, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
19) Chicago Blackhawks (via Lightning): Oliver Moore, C, USNTDP
20) Seattle Kraken: Eduard Sale, W, Brno (Czech Extraliga)
21) Minnesota Wild: Charlie Stramel, C, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)
22) Philadelphia Flyers (via Kings): Oliver Bonk, D, London Knights (OHL)
23) New York Rangers: Gabriel Perreault, W, USNTDP
24) Nashville Predators (via Oilers): Tanner Molendyk, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
25) St. Louis Blues (via Maple Leafs): Otto Stenberg, C, Frolunda (SHL)
26) San Jose Sharks (via Devils): Quentin Musty, W, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
27) Colorado Avalanche: Calum Ritchie, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
28) Toronto Maple Leafs (via Capitals/Bruins): Easton Cowan, W, London Knights (OHL)
29) St. Louis Blues (via Stars/Rangers): Theo Lindstein, D, Brynas (HockeyAllsvenskan)
30) Carolina Hurricanes: Bradly Nadeau, W, Penticton Vees (BCHL)
31) Colorado Avalanche (via Canadiens/Panthers): Mikhail Gulyayev, D, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
32) Vegas Golden Knights: David Edstrom, C, Frolunda (SHL)

Not seen in 16 years

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The 2023 NHL Draft marked the first time the first round went by without a single trade since 2007

"Everything got quiet"

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St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong had three first-round picks and he was open for business. He gave his perspective on a first round that saw no action on the trade front despite significant speculation.

Best prospects available

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As we head into Rounds 2 through 7 of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, let's take a look at some of the best prospects still available in no particular order.

  • Riley Heidt, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL)
  • Gavin Brindley, C, University of Michigan (NCAA)
  • Andrew Cristall, W, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
  • Lukas Dragicevic, D, Tri-City Americans (WHL)
  • Danny Nelson, C, USNTDP
  • Jayden Perron, W, Chicago Steel (USHL)

A valiant effort

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Incoming Nashville Predators general manager Barry Trotz did not make a trade to kick off the 2023 NHL Draft. However, it wasn't for a lack of trying.

A quiet first round

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Despite a ton of talk about trades galore heading into the night, there were no trades during the first round of the 2023 NHL Draft.

The Champs close it out

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Your Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights end the first round of the 2023 NHL Draft by keeping their pick and selecting Frolunda center David Edstrom.

Familiar faces

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St. Louis Blues draft pick Otto Stenberg was happy to see the team draft a few players he shares a long history with.

Maple Leafs go off the board

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The Toronto Maple Leafs begin the Brad Treliving era by going off the board to select London Knights winger Easton Cowan with the 28th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Price has jokes

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Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price took to Twitter to issue a humorous apology to the team's first-round pick David Reinbacher after blanking on the Austrian defender's name on the podium.

Smashville picks again

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The hosting Nashville Predators utilized an outdoor concert to make their second first-round selection, taking Saskatoon Blades defender Tanner Molendyk.

Perreault Watch ends

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US National Team Development Program star Gabe Perreault slipped further than most anticipated in the 2023 NHL Draft. However, the New York Rangers ended his slide by selecting him 23rd overall.

Full circle moment

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The Philadelphia Flyers selected London Knights blueliner Oliver Bonk with the 22nd overall selection. This pick comes 29 years to the day that Oliver's father, Radek Bonk, went third overall to the Ottawa Senators in 1994.

Seattle rounds out top 20

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The Seattle Kraken round out the first 20 picks of the first round by selecting Czech winger Eduard Sale at the 2023 NHL Draft

Blackhawks pick again

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After making Connor Bedard the first overall pick, the Chicago Blackhawks selected US National Team Program star Oliver Moore with the 19th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The preferred destination

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Third overall pick Adam Fantilli told the Columbus Blue Jackets he preferred to play for their franchise. And there's apparently recorded proof of this conversation.

Still no trades

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Despite a ton of rumors heading into the 2023 NHL Draft, there are still no trades to report. The Detroit Red Wings elected to use the 17th overall pick instead of including it in a potential deal for Ottawa Senators sniper Alex DeBrincat. Detroit selected defenseman Axel Sandin Pellikka with this selection.

Bedard joins Sportsnet

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Chicago Blackhawks first overall pick Connor Bedard took some time to join the Sportsnet analyst panel at the 2023 NHL Draft after hearing his name called to begin the night.

 

And the award goes to...

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Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill was named the General Manager of the Year at the 2023 NHL Draft. Nill built a Stars team that came within two wins of an appearance in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final.

Welcome back, Brad

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Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brad Treliving can now officially join his team's draft table after his former team, the Calgary Flames, selected Samuel Honzek with the 16th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The hosts take the podium

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The Nashville Predators, hosts of the 2023 NHL Draft, select UConn star Matthew Wood with the 15th pick of the draft in front as their fans cheer them on.

Anaheim's 30th anniversary

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In some non-NHL Draft-related news, the Anaheim Ducks have unveiled their 30th Anniversary jersey. The jersey harkens back to the team's days as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Michkov reacts

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Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Matvei Michkov reacted to the Flyers making him the seventh selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The Lokomotiv Coyotes

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The Arizona Coyotes decided to double dip in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl well, selecting six-foot-five winger Daniil But with the 12th overall selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

A moment with Mom

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Arizona Coyotes draft pick Dmitri Simashev met with reporters after his selection with the sixth overall pick. He revealed his mother's incredibly heartfelt reaction to hearing her son's name called by the Coyotes.

Blues round out top 10

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The St. Louis Blues have rounded out the top 10 of the 2023 NHL Draft by selecting AIK star Dalibor Dvorsky.

Red Wings add a center

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The Detroit Red Wings add to their center depth with the 9th overall selection, picking Brandon Wheat Kings star Nate Danielson with their first of two first-round picks in this draft.

Capitals take Leonard

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The Washington Capitals miss out on Matvei Michkov but add an incredible talent nonetheless. Washington selects US National Team Development Program star Ryan Leonard with the eighth overall selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

"David..."

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Montreal Canadiens legend Carey Price announced the team's selection of Austrian defender David Reinbacher with the fifth overall pick. The announcement didn't exactly go as smoothly as he may have envisioned, however.

Michkov watch ends

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Russian phenom Matvei Michkov had an interesting draft projection considering his contract situation with the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He ends up heading to the Philadelphia Flyers with the seventh overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The first major surprise

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The Arizona Coyotes threw a massive curveball with the sixth overall pick, selecting Lokomotiv Yaroslavl blueliner Dmitri Simashev over players such as Matvei Michkov or Ryan Leonard.

Habs go defense

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Montreal Canadiens legend Carey Price may have had a hard time remembering his name. However, David Reinbacher will always remember this night, as he was selected by the Habs with the fifth overall pick.

Sharks take Smith

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The first four picks of the 2023 NHL Draft have played out similarly to how we believed it would. The San Jose Sharks have selected USNTDP star Will Smith with the fourth overall selection in the draft.

Bedard vs. Crosby

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Chicago Blackhawks prospect Connor Bedard spoke with the media after his selection. Bedard spoke about facing Pittsburgh Penguins star and future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby in his first National Hockey League game.

Blue Jackets add a Michigan man

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The Columbus Blue Jackets probably didn't envision University of Michigan star Adam Fantilli being there with the third overall pick. However, they certainly aren't complaining as they have selected Fantilli with that pick.

Ducks answer the mystery

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Much debate was had over what the Anaheim Ducks would do with the second overall selection. In the end, GM Pat Verbeek goes with Swedish center Leo Carlsson, passing on the consensus second best player in the class in Adam Fantilli.

Blackhawks fans react

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Blackhawks fans attending the draft in Nashville rejoiced as their team officially selected Connor Bedard first overall.

The Blackhawks make it official

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The Chicago Blackhawks have made it official, selecting Regina Pats superstar Connor Bedard with the first overall selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

A legend honored

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Before the 2023 NHL Draft officially began, commissioner Gary Bettman honored David Poile. Poile is set to step aside as general manager of the Nashville Predators on July 1 after spending 25 years at the helm. Former Predators head coach Barry Trotz will take his place in the GM chair.